For the readers that have never been to England before, Manchester is in the north of the country very close to Liverpool. Manchester sees approximately 40 million international travelers per year, and is a melting pot of varying cultures, music, art and a hub for foodies. The city has become one of the most visited in the UK because it has so much to offer new visitors.
So what landmarks should be considered when planning a trip to Manchester? Let’s walk you through a guide to some of Manchester’s best attractions.
The Many Art Galleries
Manchester has a wealth of art galleries especially in the Spinningfields part of the city. Here the Artzu Gallery and Bureau are situated along with a few smaller galleries. Additionally, Moseley Street has an abundance of artsy retreats including the esteemed Manchester Art Gallery, which was designed by Charles Barry. Other notables include the Cornerhouse, which was founded by the Greater Manchester Visual Arts Trust and Whitworth Art Gallery which has been part of Manchester University since 1889.
The vibrant music scene
Manchester rich music tapestry runs deep. Bands such as Oasis, Stone Roses, Inspiral Carpets and the Verve all came from Manchester or the surrounding areas. Their influences are still apparent today, and the city has a slew of impressive concert venues. Some of the best indie haunts include the Ruby Lounge, Gorilla, the various Manchester Academies and the notorious Manchester Apollo. For really big live events there’s also the Manchester Evening News Arena, which holds around 16,000 people.
the soccer stadiums
Even if you’re not a soccer fan, Manchester has two major clubs in the city and both have a rich history. Manchester United’s home, Old Trafford is a 75,000 stadium heralded as the “Theatre of Dreams,” and Manchester City’s home is at the Etihad Stadium, which holds 60,000 spectators. Both are magnificent structures and are well worth visiting. There are also stadium tours for people who want to experience the inner workings of the stadiums. You may even be able to catch a game while you are there and see the likes of Wayne Rooney or Sergio Aguero in action.
Getting to manchester city center
Manchester’s international airport is renowned for being extremely efficient and regularly finishes in the top 100 best airports in the world. When you arrive at the airport there will be many transportation options available to travelers including cabs directly from terminals and train services that run 7-days a week. Additionally, there are bus services that run from the airport to the city center as well as to Stockport and Altrincham.